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Single Idea 1518

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

Everything which is known has number, because otherwise it is impossible for anything to be the object of thought or knowledge.

Gist of Idea

Everything must involve numbers, or it couldn't be thought about or known


Philolaus (On the Cosmos (lost) [c.435 BCE], B04), quoted by John Stobaeus - Anthology 1.21.7b

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.111